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There are 5 ways to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef by ferry, plane, train or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Ferry, fly  •  8h 14m

  1. Take the ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$186 - $446

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Ferry, train  •  43h 26m

  1. Take the ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$308 - $483

Bus, train, ferry  •  2 days 0h

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$280 - $477

Bus, ferry via Sydney  •  2 days 3h

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$277 - $465

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$277 - $453

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef is to ferry and fly which costs $260 - $650 and takes 8h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef is to ferry and fly which costs $260 - $650 and takes 8h 14m.

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The distance between Manly Beach and Great Barrier Reef is 1968 km.

The best way to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to ferry and train which takes 43h 26m and costs $430 - $700.

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It takes approximately 8h 14m to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h.

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Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 1229.8 miles
  • Duration: 8h 14m

What companies run services between Manly Beach, NSW, Australia and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, Wharf 2, take the walk to Circular Quay Station, take the train to International Airport Station, take the walk to Sydney airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef via Circular Quay, Wharf 2, Circular Quay Station, Central Station, Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, Cairns Central Station, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns City Bus Station Platform 2, Cairns, and Great Barrier Reef Green Island in around 43h 26m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
24h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$262
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
29h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$140 - $210
Flexifare
$170 - $250
Ferry operators
Manly Fast Ferry
Phone
02 9583 1199
Website
manlyfastferry.com.au
Ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
Manly Fast Ferry
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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